Comments on the Court's 2nd Amendment decision
This is a copy of my post on the We the People Network Forum.
The recent Supreme Court decision in DC v Heller has a lot of people concerned about the possible proliferation of private guns in public venues. I think this needs to be looked at in a slightly different way. First, I do not believe that there is going to be a mad rush for arms, and besides the rules and consequences for discharging those firearms remains the same, which is the charge of murder if you can't absolutely, without a doubt, prove justification.
The tendency to allow our fears to control the debate is understandable, a lot of bad things happen with guns. I don't like guns. I don't own or operate any guns, nor do I aspire to do so. BUT...the Court's ruling has a very important component to it that is very easy to miss, especially if you are caught up in the emotion of the issue.
The Court's decision was based on the fact that our founding documents reference to "We the People" is an affirmation of the individual, as well as the free association of all flesh and blood American individuals, that comprises We the People. The previous assumption was that the State had all claims to that role. Think about this for a moment and you begin to see the far reaching implications of this ruling, in favor of the people.
The effective way towards eliminating the violence, ultimately, is to create Constitutional Amendments that lift people out of oppression and end class based governance. This would cause a natural reduction in the reasons people turn to violence. A Peoples Constitutional Convention can be the vehicle for real, long-lasting, progressive change for all people in this country, and by effect the rest of the world as well. This important component of the Supreme Court decision is but another verification of our (We the People) right declare a Constitutional Emergency, thereby enacting the specific provisions enumerated in the Declaration of Independence that allow for the people to alter or abolish government as the need may require. These words are quite clear:
...with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it's foundation on such principles, & organizing it's powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses & usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security.
The Convention is our best nonviolent strategy for regime change in our country. Knowing that it is not going to happen over night, there are many things that we the people can do to help steer the body politic in that direction. Campaigns with actions that will empower the people with confidence as it educates them as sovereigns. Some possible examples.
Things we should do now-
Elections - organize a national movement that refuses to re-elect any candidate for any office that isn't actively pounding the floor for Impeachment or demanding Congress do so. Period.
Build bridges with our local law enforcement on the issues of their sworn Oath of Office, and how that relates to the meaning of public service. Be ready to enact social sanctions and planned acts of noncooperation with those that don't see the light. The objective here is to gain important allies, not to alienate an entire sector of our own population, people that are just like us, and people that we need on our side.
Build on the education of sovereignty, what it means, what it doesn't, and our duty as it relates to being an equal member of a government of the people. Strengthen the peoples sovereignty muscle by directing non-compliant, Impeachment-blocking government representatives into compliance, or face citizens arrests and/or law enforcement arrests for felony obstruction of justice.
Educate on the need for Convention and talk about what some Amendments could look like. Some examples.
Amendment to create an enforcement mechanism for the Sworn Oath of Office for all offices, a mechanism that is wielded solely by the people, and that has the authority for removal or sanctioning of any official, elected or appointed.
Amendment to ban all political contributions of any kind, other than volunteer service, and capping the salaries of those in public service. This would go hand in hand with the next two.
Amendment to reform all media. Free and equal time would be required for all candidates in all elections. No candidate could buy additional time. This would be price paid to the public for the corporate use of the public domain for private profit.
Amendment to remove the right of personhood from all business entities. This would restore an age-old wrong to its proper state. Corporations should not have the rights flesh and blood people. They must be required to operate under the principal of the public trust. If they violate that trust, they lose their charter.
Can you imagine if we accomplished these things? How about incorporating both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People into the Preamble of the Constitution?
People, we really do have the power. It is time to stand up and be recognized.